Okwui Okpokwasili

In Performance: Electric Lucifer (The Kitchen)

Electric Lucifer Jim Findlay and Philip White The Kitchen January 9-13 A scene of creation and curiosity launches Electric Lucifer, but this particular scene is not found anywhere in Genesis or Milton. No, this scene comes from a much more recent source: none other than “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In a projected video clip, we see Fred Rogers making a visit to the studio of Bruce Haack, the electronic music pioneer whose 1970 concept album “The Electric Lucifer” inspired director Jim Findlay to create this production. Haack demonstrates a homemade synthesizer (or “musical computer,” as Mr. Rogers refers to it); the pleasure he derives from the machine is evident. What can this creation do? What happens if we mess with it a little? These questions find an echo in the story of Lucifer, no...

In Performance: Okwui Okpokwasili – Poor People’s TV Room (Out There Festival)

Poor People’s TV Room Okwui Okpokwasili Walker Art Center (Out There Festival) As in 2014’s Bronx Gothic, Okwui Okpokwasili is in motion before the audience enters the space. In fact, all four performers (Okpokwasili, Thuli Dumakude, Katrina Reid, and Nehemoyia Young) are already present and in motion. A large sheet of plastic stretches across the stage, separating Okpokwasili from the rest of the group, and blurring her image, as if she is a ghost or a spirit. Unseen forces are a recurring theme in this work. Though Okpokwasili names two events from Nigeria’s history as influences (The Women’s War of 1929, and the Bring Back Our Girls movement sparked in response to mass kidnappings), this source material is not addressed directly or literally. The four women seem to spin through ti...

In Performance: Catch 54 (NYC)

  CATCH is a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary, rough and ready performance series-event that blows through Brooklyn every couple of months. CATCH is curated by Jeff Larson, Andrew Dinwiddie and Caleb Hammons. 8pm Saturday 15 December The Bushwick Starr: 207 Starr Street between Wyckoff and Irving BROOKLYN L to Jefferson Street Click HERE for directions. Performances  by: ANIMALS ! Suzanne Bocanegra ! Josh Higgason ! Little Lord ! Jennifer Monson ! Okwui Okpokwasili ! Andrew Ondrejcak ! Silas Riener !